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Starting in Makawao

Makawao On Road
There are a lot of ways to plan a day to see Haleakalā National Park.  Many people book a ticket to be at the peak for sunrise (6:30am) and many of them ride a bike down from the peak to the ocean.  Some go up during the day and return before sunset.  Our plan was to go up after lunch and stay for sunset.  Given that we didn't need to head up until after lunch, we decided to visit Makawao to find lunch and a little shopping first.


Gecko On Beam

Sometimes you get the feeling it's the "right kind" of shopping.   Makawao appears to be a small town but the stores demonstrate that a lot of tourists with money come through on a normal day.  We stopped into an art gallery and saw a painting for sale for more than 80 thousand US dollars.  The gardens around the shops were nice.  Helen bought a nice dress.

Bird Of Paradise Growing In Makawao
 
 
Burrito At Pollis
We had lunch at Polli's - a small Mexican themed restaurant on the corner.  After a bit more shopping, we got on the road to go up the mountain.
 


Driving up to Haleakala

 
Roadside Fruitstand Fruit

Hosmer Grove

Hosmer Grove is just past the entrance gates to the National Park.  Reading about, you wonder why it's an attraction - most of the trees are planted from imported species and it sits at the edge of clear cut.  We got there just as the fog (clouds) started rolling in, but it was still worth the time to go for the hike.  The reason people come here is to see the birds - a handful of Hawaiian endemic species that haven't yet been wiped out by introduced species. 

Foggy Road
As we drove up to the gates of the park, we hit the cloud layer.  I wasn't sure how thick it was or how long it would stay around, but we were in it by the time we found parking at Hosmer Grove.

Hosmer Grove Parking In Fog

Hiking In The Fog
There is a short well marked trail at Hosmer grove.  We took it and came to a look out over a gully where a stream comes down the mountain.  There was a couple there with binoculars and they were having some luck seeing birds in the trees.


Scarlet Honeycreeper In Fog
These are small birds a long way away which even with a big lens are hard to spot.  They traveled together in small (4 to 8) flocks.  Talking with the other people, apparently they had better sighting right in the camground next to the parking lot, but it's just lucky when and where they show up.  I was happy to have seen anything given how rare both of these birds are.

Scarlet Honeycreeper Little CloserMaui 'Amakihi

To the Peak!


Chip Bag At High Altitude
 
We drove up to the peak area to see the view.   It was great to leave the cloud layer and get a mostly blue sky, but even near the peak of the mountain, the clouds were just below us.  The view of "Crater" was complete obscured by cloud.  The visitor center was closed because of COVID (but the bathrooms were open and clean).


Chukar From Above

We did the very short walk up the Pā Ka'oao Trail to the peak outside of the visitor center.  It gave us a great view of the fog bank that covered the crater.  As we came back down a hole opened up to reveal the Sliding Sands Trail, but the hole closed up again minutes later. 

Photographing Into The FogBrief Clearing Of Shifting Sands Trail

Science City On Top Of Mountain
We drove over to the parking for the summit and claimed a good parking spot.  This area has a small garden full of the Silversword plant.  They bloom once after about 50 years and then die - this year there were no blooming examples but there were a few "recently dead" plants to show that it does happen up here. 


Two Silversword In RocksSilversword Detail


When I do a timelapse of a sunset, I like to start about an hour before actual sunset so you get a good run up to the event.  Even an hour before, there were people claiming spots to sit.  As the sun got closer to the horizon, more people arrived and fill in the hill side.  Apparently the parking lot filled and then people started to double parking, blocking people in.  We were committed.  Sadly the kids didn't have iPads so they drove Helen nuts until just before sunset when they came out to spend time with me.

Crowd Waiting For SunsetJohn With Timelapse Camera
 


Again for a good time lapse, you have to stick around for about an hour after the actual sunset. You want to do this anyway because a lot of nice colours come out after the sun is below the horizon, but it also lets you see the "blue" period as the city lights come to dominate the scene.  The kids were already tired so there was a limit to how long I could stay.

The road is very well marked for driving in the dark and we left late enough that there were no crowds.  It still took 1.5 hours to get home so the kids were just bushed by the time we got them to bed.  A great day!

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Two Silversword In Rocks
Species: Argyroxiphium sandwicense ssp. macrocephalum (Haleakalā Silversword)
Altitude: 2990m (9809 feet)
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Burrito At Pollis
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Maui 'Amakihi
Species: Chlorodrepanis virens ssp. wilsoni (Maui ʻAmakihi )
Altitude: 2079m (6820 feet)
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Brief Clearing Of Shifting Sands Trail
Altitude: 3019m (9904 feet)
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Photographing Into The Fog
Altitude: 2989m (9806 feet)
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Scarlet Honeycreeper In Fog
Species: Drepanis coccinea ('I'iwi, Scarlet Honeycreeper)
Altitude: 2079m (6820 feet)
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Silversword Detail
Species: Argyroxiphium sandwicense ssp. macrocephalum (Haleakalā Silversword)
Altitude: 3062m (10045 feet)
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Chip Bag At High Altitude
Person: Helen
Gecko On Beam
Species: Phelsuma laticauda (Gold Dust Day Gecko)
Altitude: 537m (1761 feet)
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John With Timelapse Camera
Person: Helen, John
Foggy Road
Altitude: 2081m (6827 feet)
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Bird Of Paradise Growing In Makawao
Altitude: 504m (1653 feet)
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Chukar From Above
Species: Alectoris chukar (Chukar)
Altitude: 3011m (9878 feet)
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Roadside Fruitstand Fruit
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Hiking In The Fog
Person: Claira, Helen, Nara
Altitude: 2087m (6847 feet)
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Makawao On Road
Altitude: 508m (1666 feet)
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Science City On Top Of Mountain
Altitude: 3070m (10072 feet)
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Crowd Waiting For Sunset
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Scarlet Honeycreeper Little Closer
Species: Drepanis coccinea ('I'iwi, Scarlet Honeycreeper)
Altitude: 2079m (6820 feet)
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Hosmer Grove Parking In Fog
Altitude: 2078m (6817 feet)
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Tags: Hawaii(12), bird(4), fog(4), telescope(2), crowd(1), sunset(1)
People: Helen(3), John(1), Claira(1), Nara(1)
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